Everything old is new again, as a recent Topps card and two just-released biographies concerning Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish superstar baseball player, demonstrate.
Topps Legendary Lineage: Hank Greenberg & Ike Davis
The 2010 Topps Legendary Lineage card (#LL-67) compares the Tigers Hall of Famer to Mets first baseman Ike Davis, explicitly citing the Jewish link between the two players. It's available for $0.25-$4 on Beckett and eBay.
A slight aside … the Greenberg-Davis card is not the only new Topps cardboard featuring two Jews.
The modern day "Hebrew Hammer," Brewers Ryan Braun, also shares pasteboard with Ike Davis on the 2011 Topps Diamond Duos (#DD-BD) card.
This card — which sells for $1-2 on eBay and Beckett — makes no mention of the players' Jewish heritage.
Will you add the Greenberg-Davis card to your Jewish baseball collection? What about the Davis-Braun card? Will you attempt to get the later signed?
New Greenberg Biographies: Book Review Preview
The first is Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One by Mark Kurlansky. The book is the latest in the Yale University Press "Jewish Lives" series.
I recently received copies of both books from their respective publishers, and will post my reviews of them to JewishSportsCollectibles soon.
Do you plan to read the new Greenberg biography? Will you share Hammerin' Hank with the young baseball fans in your life?